Because Wolverine 3 will be the last film where we'll see Hugh Jackman as the mutant, Fox is pulling out all the stops to make the Australian actor's last appearance highly memorable. This includes delving into the rated R environment.
In a recent interview with Collider, X-Men: Apocalypse writer and Deadpool producer Simon Kinberg speaks up about what makes Wolverine 3 unique from its other Western counterparts:
I'm not sure what I'm allowed to say about that. I will agree with you, that Patrick Stewart was rumored to be a part of that film.
It takes place in the future, and as you and others have reported, it is an R-rated movie. It's violent, it's kind of like a western in its tone. It's just a very cool, different film.
It is no doubt that the R-rating of Deadpool is one of the huge factors for its success and this is why 20th Century Fox decided to allow the same rating for Wolverine 3. However, it's also worth considering that the superhero himself, Merc with a Mouth Wade Wilson, is the perfect character with an R-rated environment. Fortunately, while Wolverine doesn't have the same mouth as Deadpool, he's another X-Men member that needs such a rating when it comes to action sequences. No doubt, Wolverine 3 will only benefit from such a rating and it would be exciting to see how that plays out in the movie.
Wolverine 3 production is now underway. The movie hits theaters on March 3, 2017.